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March 07, 2017

Due to increased demand, SEPTA adding more bike racks along subway stations

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SEPTA Broad Street Line Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

A SEPTA subway train enters Cecil B. Moore Station on the Broad Street Line, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

SEPTA is looking to meet the needs of Philadelphia cyclists by expanding capacity for bicycle parking at some subway stations.

On Tuesday, transit officials announced the installation of 10 new bicycle racks at the Tasker-Morris Station along the Broad Street Line in South Philly. The agency also unveiled plans for additional parking at other subway stops, including the Market-Frankford Line.

"Cycling is extremely popular in Philadelphia and we saw, even during the cold weather, the racks at Tasker-Morris were filled to capacity," said Jeffrey Knueppel, SEPTA general manager. "The need to have a designated place where our customers can leave their bicycles is apparent throughout the SEPTA system."

Tasker-Morris Station, SEPTA's first to feature underground bicycle infrastructure, now has 16 U-racks. Opened last August, the stop also has stair runners that assist customers going up and down the steps with a bicycle.

Similar underground parking structures are planned for Snyder and Ellsworth-Federal Stations on the BSL and 2nd Street Station on the MFL.

Later this year, SEPTA will also install street-level bicycle racks at Cecil B. Moore and Oregon Stations on the BSL and Berks, 30th and 46th Street Stations on the MFL.

"Stations and stops that are out of walking range from a customer's starting point or destination are an impediment to someone using transit," said Knueppel. "By improving the bicycle parking at our stations, we can eliminate this 'last mile gap' and make our system convenient for more residents."